My Favorite 5! Leadership Book Reviews

Written By: Chad Toms, VP of National Sales, Sales

If you’ve ever met me, you know that I love to read.  This year, I have already read at least 12 books! I really enjoy books that display real-life examples of leadership.  The stories share special opportunities for growth through challenging times, all while facing adversity.  Leadership comes in many examples; a new leader stepping in, or stepping up, but always inspiring and teaching along the way.  My favorite books are true life stories where a leader starts a new company, takes over an existing company, or eve someone who is the coach of a sports team!  These are the leadership icons that get me fired up.

My #1 favorite is American Icon (Alan Mulally And The Fight To Save Ford Motor Company) by Bryce Hoffman.  I read this a few years ago and I don’t think that I ever put it down!  I’ve always been a huge fan of American History; it was one of my favorite subjects in school.  I remember reading about the Dodges, the Fords, the Rockefellers, the Carnegies and on and on.  Having lived through the economic collapse of 2008 to 2010, I lived through my own personal history lesson.  I watched the auto companies fight, scratch and claw to survive.  The entire economy was on life support.

Every day was a test to see who would be standing at the end of the day.  I remember watching the CEOs on C-Span getting grilled for their choices and ultimate failures.  During those sessions, I remember how Alan Mulally carried himself and I thought, wow, this guy gets it.  I was impressed by his approach and ability to communicate.  At that moment, I recognized that he was different than most and I realized that he was an asset to his company.  They were lucky to have him at the helm.  In 2012, I listened to an interview on WJR, an author, Bryce Hoffman.  He talked about how Alan Mulally was recruited to Ford by Bill Ford, Jr.  Bryce spoke of how Bill understood his own limitations and he knew that he needed a savior from the outside.  Bryce then mentioned an excerpt being printed in the paper.  As soon as I got to the office, I rushed to my computer and quickly read the excerpt and I was hooked!  It is a story of how Alan Mulally was able to guide a 100+ year old family-owned company through the most challenging time in their history.  He rode out the economic firestorm, stockpiled cash, made difficult decisions, invested in future products and then he led his employees!

After reading the book, I realized that my personality and leadership style was similar to Alan’s.  It validated my own leadership potential and my belief in myself.  I later met Bryce Hoffman and he personally autographed 36 copies of American Icon for me.  It was such a rush to have him come to Reliance One that day to personally meet our team.  I gave those copies away to every leader that I could think of … leaders from Reliance One, leaders at my clients, and my personal friends & family.  I hope that every one of those purchases helped leaders lead just like Alan did.

To this day, I am not sure if Bryce liked me because I bought 36 copies of his books or because I loved his book so much!  We keep in touch to this day.  He just had my personal copy of Icon signed by Alan Mulally.  Wow, what a rush.  I just cracked open Bryce’s 2nd book, Red Teaming.  A life story about how Bryce was the first civilian to go to Red Teaming School for the US Army.  It is another game-changer book and it will be sure to impact so many people.

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

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Kristen Latimer

248-575-3413

klatimer@reliance-one.com

Blocking and Tackling For Meetings

Written By: Rob Wicker, VP of Recruitment and Operations

As many sports team’s head to the practice field to prepare for another season it made me think of how every team starts out – working on the fundamentals.  The planning for a practice is probably more important than the practice itself and the same goes for a well-run meeting.  When planning a meeting make sure you consider the following best practices:

  1. Define what you are trying to get out of the meeting (or if you need to even have a meeting).
  2. Make sure you have a detailed agenda.
  3. Organize your presentations and handouts to compliment what you are attempting to accomplish.
  4. Only invite people that will participate in the meeting.
  5. Wrap up your meeting with next steps and clear expectations.

Just like a great head coach, it is important to have a detailed game plan for a successful outcome.  Put these best practices into your routine and watch the productivity and wins add up!

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

For additional media support, please contact:

Kristen Latimer

248-575-3413

klatimer@reliance-one.com

5 Tips on How to Improve Your Resume

Written By: Paulina Gomez, Office Assistant

 

Writer Marilyn Borysek (from the ASME Career Center) recently wrote, “Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they’ve seen more written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before.” In order to attract more interview offers and to ensure that your resume doesn’t get added to the eliminated pile, Reliance One, has compiled the following five key tips:

 

  1. Drop the “Objective” and Add a “Career Summary”
    • The general purpose of a “Career Summary” is to explain to the hiring manager(s) who you are, your skills and accomplishments.
    • It is important to spend time developing your summary and making sure it’s catered to the industry you are trying to apply for.

 

  1. Keep It Simple, but Descriptive
    • Yes, your resume can be more than a page. As you create your resume, each job position should include: Date(s), Company Name, Location, Job Title and Job Responsibilities. Be sure to include as much detail, as you can.
    • Don’t forget to selectively apply bold and italic typeface. In addition, bullets to catch the reader’s attention.

 

  1. Remember the Basics
    • Remember, your resume makes the first impression. Before submitting your resume make sure it is error-free, grammatically correct and clean.
    • Conservative is key. Make sure to have a logical format, clean font and size, clear headings and appropriate margins.

 

  1. Always Ask
    • Before submitting your resume, ask an individual to look over your resume to catch any errors, repetitiveness and to help add key words throughout your resume.
    • In addition, make sure to ask if the hiring manager(s) preference pertaining to PDF or Word resumes when submitting. You don’t want the hiring manager(s) unable to download your resume.

 

  1. Keep It Real
    • Remember, more than one person reads through your resume and checks the validity of the information you provided.
    • To ensure validity on your end, make sure to update your resume consistently with new roles, responsibilities, skills, additional training or certifications.

 

Keeping these five tips in mind when either updating or creating your resume, will ensure that you are marketable which should lead you to your next interview.

 

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

For additional media support, please contact:

Kristen Latimer

248-575-3413

klatimer@reliance-one.com

References

Borysek, M. (2011, March). ASME: Setting the Standard . Retrieved from 6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume : https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/job-hunting/6-tips-for-writing-an-effective-resume

The 3 Core Qualities of a R1 Recruiter

Written By: Rob Wicker, VP of Recruitment

 

On the surface, recruiting seems like a pretty straight forward entry level job. The staffing industry is *$146 Billion-dollar industry that is growing around 5% per year.  After spending ten years in the industry, I have had the opportunity to work with many recruiters and have made a few observations on what it takes to be successful.

 

After participating in over 1,000 interviews, I’ve come to the conclusion that this industry isn’t for everyone.  At Reliance One, we have found some core qualities that most successful recruiters have.  If I find a candidate that is, competitive, goal driven and has good people skills, we have the core skills that it takes to be successful.  After that, it is the pure determination to succeed that determines the level of success a recruiter will realize.

 

The demands for our services have never been more in exigence and our recruiters are the backbone to solving our clients staffing challenges.

 

 

* The American Staffing Association

 

 

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

For additional media support, please contact:

 

Kristen Latimer

248-575-3413

klatimer@reliance-one.com

Did You Know: Fun Facts About Your Health Insurance

Written By: Kristen Latimer, VP of Administration

  1. Preventative screening and treatment is fully covered without any out of pocket costs. For a list of what is covered, you can visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-adults/
  2. Most health insurance carriers offer discounts with specific partners. For example, we offer HAP coverage and certain members are eligible for a discount for Weight Watchers programs. Visit your providers website to find more details on discount programs and partners.
  3. Coverage until 26! Once you’re on a parent’s job-based plan, in most cases you can stay on it until you turn 26. Generally, you can join a parent’s plan and stay on until you turn 26 even if you:
    1. Get married
    2. Have or adopt a child
    3. Start or leave school
    4. Live in or out of your parent’s home
    5. Aren’t claimed as a tax dependent
    6. Turn down an offer of job-based coverage

For more information, check with your provider on specific rules and regulations.

 

Reliance One offers medical, dental and vision benefits to all full time eligible employees. If you are an employee of Reliance One and have questions about your benefits, please contact – Katelyn Allinder at (248) 922-4500

The Roundtable Effect

Written By: Kristen Latimer, VP of Administration

“Some of my best ideas came from someone else.” Think Tank, Vistage, MichBusiness Thrive Affinity Groups, Roundtable Discussions, etc. These are all groups of individuals that have one common goal – to present an idea, problem, or seek guidance and obtain information, ideas and advice. I took a leap of faith and joined the Thrive Affinity Groups in 2012 after hearing about them at a local conference. Being new to Human Resources as well as a one man show, I felt I could really benefit from other professionals. From sharing policies to unique HR situations, I have grown as a professional and learned an immense amount of valuable information.

 

I have spent the past 5 years working with professionals from a variety of backgrounds. The vast experience of these individuals as well as their commitment to the group has provided us the opportunity to grow a very trusting relationship. Some of the most challenging cases can be brought forth to try and prevent companies violating laws, losing key employees, or implementing change. The goal is to work together and utilize everyone’s experience to our advantage.

 

In the last year, I was given the privilege to host and moderate a group of my own. It has been great honor to be trusted with the responsibility of creating an effective agenda that includes meaningful content. It has been said many times that the group meetings are a top priority for members and the meetings are well attended. As always, we must follow the 3 governing rules: Confidential discussions, Commitment to participate, Consistency in attendance. It is amazing how many issues are resolved in just a few hours at each monthly meeting.

 

If you have found yourself trying to Google your way through an issue, or feeling overwhelmed with a new situation, consider finding a local group that allows roundtable discussions. Online forums are great for traditional HR issues that may present themselves, however, there is something to be said about effective, in person communication and the solutions that arise through a collaborative effort. For more information on the HR Thrive Affinity Groups, please visit: http://michbusiness.com/services/thrive-affinity-groups/

Reliance One Attends FCA Diversity MatchMaker Event

photo2September 22, 2015

Auburn Hills, MI – Reliance One participated in the 16th Annual FCA MatchMaker event on Thursday, September 17, 2015. The event is just one of the many initiatives taken at FCA to foster the innovation and ingenuity that results from diversity. The MatchMaker event is held annually and is meant to facilitate long-term business relationships between Minority Suppliers, FCA, and FCA Tier 1 Suppliers. Collectively, it generates about $2.3 billion in new business development for companies that participate.

This was the 8th year Reliance One attended the event with the hopes of connecting with new companies as well as helping prospective candidates find the right opportunity. We have benefited from the MatchMaker in the past but this year’s event exceeded our expectations. We appreciate FCA for providing us the opportunity to grow our brand and strengthen and gain key relationships.

Chad Toms, VP of National Sales, commented on the experience “It was enjoyable for everyone involved and we look forward to watching our newfound relationships grow and prosper!”

Thank you to FCA and everyone who participated for allowing us to be a part of this rewarding event. We are looking forward to next year!

Making an Impact

July 29th, 2015

Auburn Hills, MIPaul DallasPaul Dallas has made quite an impact since he began his assignment with our client in April 2015. Paul came in and immediately took the lead with the project in which he was assigned. Due to his efforts, our client was compelled to provide recognition for Paul’s contributions. Reliance One takes great pride in finding the right people for the right teams. For this reason, the company is awarding Paul the “Reliance One Above & Beyond Award.”

“It is great to see a new employee make such a huge impact for one of our clients”, said Wayne Coulman, Senior Account Executive at Reliance One.  “Employees that enter a new job with a great attitude and a strong work ethic can transform a short-term opportunity into a long-term career.”

Thank you Paul for all of your hard work and keep it up!

About Reliance One:

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Contact

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com
Fax: (248) 922-5660
www.reliance-one.com

Reliance One Celebrates Official Opening of Chicago-Area Office

March 02, 2015

Lisle, IL. — On Monday, March 2nd, Reliance One is celebrating the official opening of their Chicago-Area office.  The company is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan and specializes in engineering and information technology recruiting services. The new office reflects the company’s vision of expansion and growth into one of the leading recruiting firms in the Midwest.

Reliance One’s presence in Chicago will enhance its relationship with current clients in the Midwest, as well as, open up new opportunities.  “We have a great partnership with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council which has helped fuel our growth in Michigan.  We are looking forward to actively participating with the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council,” said Jim Beath, Chairman and Co-Founder of Reliance One.

“Reliance One is committed to developing relationships with businesses in and around Chicago and expanding its diverse client base,” Beath said. “The new office allows us to identify business partnerships, strengthen relationships with existing clients, and better support those clients that utilize our recruiting solutions.”

The new office is located at 1001 Warrenville Road, Suite 224, Lisle, Illinois 60532 (30 minutes west of downtown Chicago), and the telephone number is (630) 874-3100. For more information regarding this new office or to discuss recruiting solutions, please contact Cody Winer, Account Manager at (630) 874-3091.

About Reliance One:
Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

About The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council:

The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (ChicagoMSDC) is a premier organization for increasing business opportunities between major buying organizations and minority-owned businesses.

Media Contact:
Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com
Fax: (248) 922-5660
http://www.reliance-one.com